October -2006- Launch of National Debate on formation of
WILL THE UNION SEE ITS 300TH BIRTHDAY?
Is the United Kingdom heading for fragmentation with the secession of Scotland from the Union, even as it prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary next year? And if it is should those who make up the vast bulk of its population – the English – give a damn?
The questions arise following a series of astonishing events beginning 10 days ago when nearly 1,200 delegates packed the new Concert Hall in Perth – the biggest gathering at a political conference that Scotland has seen in recent memory –
To hear Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party, deliver his keynote address to his annual conference. His strident call for the break-up of the [ONCE] United Kingdom was cheered to the echo by his adoring audience.
Nothing new there, but what was surprising was what happened next. Two days later, Sir Tom Farmer the founder of the Kwik Fit chain of exhaust and tyre depots, told the world that
His words followed hard on the heels of the announcement by this self-same self-made man that he was donating
- to the SNP’s coffers to help it fight next year’s elections to the
He is not alone. Thanks to big donations from émigré Scots, the famous of all being Sir Sean Connery, the
Reckon that they will have at least as much to spend next May 2007 as
On the same day as Sir Tom’s prediction came another extraordinary intervention, not from a
CAPTAIN of INDUSTRY
- but a
PRINCE of the CHURCH
Cardinal Keith O’Brien,
spiritual leader of Scotland’s 800,000 Roman Catholics.
The Ulster-born cardinal said that he would have no problem with an
-if that was the will of its
-and significantly at least in the eyes of this observer, he pointed out that other small nations –
Such as IRELAND –had done exceptionally well since gaining their INDEPENDENCE.
Although they insist that it is not entering the political arena, the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Scotland enjoys a decidedly rocky relationship with Scottish
-lambasting the devolved administration for what it sees as the Scottish Executive’s
“anti –family policies, such as those on same-sex “marriages” gay adoption and contraceptive advice to under-age school girls.
Neither Sir Tom nor Cardinal O’Brien has endorsed the SNP, but their espousal of the
-has confirmed the growing trend towards
The SNP is ahead in the polls and another survey showed a majority of Scots
WANT TO BREAK AWAY
[WE WISH THEM EVERY SUCCESS BECAUSE WHEN THEY ACHIEVE THEIR INDEPENDENCE THEN WILL RETURN AN
(our cheque is on the way)]
The Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party – both in the Scottish Parliament –
The Liberal Democrats want more powers for the Holyrood parliament and many Scottish Tories want a separate tax regime.
WHAT ‘S ALL THIS TO THE ENGLISH,
you may be forgiven for asking?
There is a fond notion among the more rabid of my countrymen that the
Oppose Scots Independence.
The TRUTH is somewhat different.
After we Scots bored rigid the rest of the [ONCE]
United Kingdom’s population for decades over our constitutional future, the ENGLISH –
Possibly and understandably so that they could get on with their lives –
“IF YOU WANT IT, TAKE IT…but please don’t make too much noise about it, there’s a good chap.”
And so the Scots, aided and abetted by English votes at Westminster, opted for
HOWEVER, in spite of this being a crashing failure and having improved the lot of ordinary Scots not one jot, there is a ferocious demand for MORE –NOT LESS, SELF GOVERNMENT.
SHOULD THE ENGLISH CARE?
Many do, to the extent that yesterday October 24-2006 saw the launch of a NATIONAL DEBATE
On the formation of an
However, if successful, this could be another straw that breaks the back of the
Far better, surely, for people on both sides of the border to worry about the break-up of the most successful alliance between two former enemies that the world has ever seen.
[The tragedy has been that it has been in the main a Scottish Cabal at No10 that has brought this disaster to the UNION. The English MPs have been too accommodating to their Scottish colleagues who naturally have put the interests of their homeland before that of the islanders as a whole.
There is also the matter of the
which many in England wish to withdraw from without delay whereas an
would as with IRELAND relish the pandering and hand-outs –but should this soon become so we expect it not to be at the expense of the English taxpayer who will no longer be paying their billions of contributions to the parasites in BRUSSELS.
It is so ironic that it should have been our old enemies from across our northern border who have raided us over the past 300 years but – particularly over the last nine years –
and with their superior political accomplishments have made asses out of ENGLISHMEN.
We await the return of an
Members of Parliament
Who put the interests of
as paramount in
These threats to the [ONCE] United Kingdom’s continuation take place amid an eerie silence from the Scottish Unionist community. While Sir Tom Farmer has been writing his cheques, there has come not a word from the rest of Scotland’s industrial and Commercial scene. Could it be that the likes of the RBS Group – now the world’s fifth biggest bank – Scottish and Newcastle, a huge player on the world’s brewing scene and Standard Life, formally the world’s biggest Mutual, all based in SCOTLAND
Have been persuaded that
-might not be so bad for business after all?
Labour’s point man in Scotland, First Minister Jack McConnell, is no match for SNP leader. At Westminster, Alistair Darling and Douglas Alexander can’t compete with Mr Salmond’s instincts for the gutter of political discourse.
On his day, Gordon Brown could wipe the floor with the SNP leader, but ,like other CABINET SCOTS, and as my colleagues Simon Heffer and Boris Johnson might aver, he may be too busy trying to run ENGLAND to notice what’s happening in his backyard.
And as for Tony Blair, thanks to the Iraq war and every other vicissitude being visited on the Government at present, he is seen as the NATIONALISTS’’
Home Secretary John Reid can easily match Mr Salmond’s penchant for thuggery and no-blow-too-low style of politics, but pitching him in would turn the forthcoming election campaign the dirtiest fight ever.
In defence of the UNION, I certainly wouldn’t object to such tactics. BUT I wonder if the
Would wish to be anything other than by-standers in the coming battle
[Not damn likely !– our cheque will shortly be on its way and we hope that thousands of TRUE ENGLISHMEN will do likewise because until they have their INDEPENDENCE there will be
[And as a bonus no Scottish Cabal to contend with because they will be back over the border to collect their prizes courtesy of the EUROPEAN UNION.]
John Major predicted that by voting for DEVOLUTION,
We Scots were
“sleepwalking towards independence”
So is it anyone’s fault but ours if he proves to be correct?
[WE HOPE SO]
[A separation in a marriage is in some instances a good thing as the partners have been taking each other for granted. It is not unknown for partners to adjust their relationship and re-marry and lead a blissful and rewarding life –we will have to see?]
Any contributions please send to:
Leader of the
Scottish National Party
c/o Scottish Parliament
The quicker the Scots have their Independence the quicker we can get rid of the lunatics in league with No10 from across our northern border that have done so much ill to
And the Sooner they go the sooner we will have an
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